Why You Need to Visit Pinedale, Wyoming

Pinedale is surrounded on three sides by mountains rising abruptly from the earth; there aren’t many foothills here to soften the transition from prairie to peak. Situated in a mountain valley of stark beauty, the varying greens and blues of the Wyoming Mountain Range to the west, the Gros Ventre Mountain Range to the northwest and the Wind River Mountain Range to the east contrasts with the brown shades of the valley floor, and in the winter, the white of the snow-capped peaks. 

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, history aficionado or just enjoy exploring a new place, Pinedale has plenty of things to do, and the mountains make a stunning backdrop and playground for its many attractions and activities. 

Outdoor Recreation 

With three mountain ranges within sight, Pinedale offers plenty of outdoor activities nearby. During the winter months, ski Pinedale’s White Pine Ski Area. This small, family-friendly downhill and cross-country ski area is good for beginners and those looking for a less crowded experience. Even better? There is no charge for parking or cross-country trail use.

If you'd rather fly across Pinedale's expansive surroundings by sled, you're in luck. The Wyoming Range and Continental Divide snowmobiling trail systems meet in Pinedale and are some of the most popular in the state. Snow depths on the hundreds of miles of groomed trails can reach 10 to 16 feet. According to the locals, the best snowmobiling starts January. 

In the warmer months exploring takes many forms: hiking, biking, camping, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, rock climbing, four wheeling, sport shooting, golf… the list goes on. Eighty percent of Pinedale is public land, so there is no shortage of space to be active here. Jump in a canoe or kayak and take in the scenery on glistening the glistening blue waters of Green River Lakes, Fremont Lake or Half Moon Lake. Hike Square Top Mountain or use Pinedale as a hub as you discover the magic of the nearby Wind River Range or Wyoming Range via trail. Some of the most stunning backpack routes are hidden within these mountain ranges.

Wildlife Watching 

Visitors in the spring and fall have the opportunity to witness the migration of the Pronghorn along the nation’s first federally designated wildlife migration corridor. Moving to and from their winter range in the Green River Basin, the Teton herd of Pronghorn Antelope is a sight to see. Moose, bison, black and grizzly bears, eagles and a variety of predatory cats also inhabit Pinedale, making it an excellent area for wildlife watching enthusiasts. 

Culture 

Visit the Museum of the Mountain Man to understand what life was like for early explorers of the American West, the Plains Indians during that time period and view artifacts from the region’s earliest inhabitants, dating back some 10,000 years. Snowmobile enthusiasts will enjoy Buckys Vintage Snowmobile Museum where they can wonder between displays of vintage and antique snowmobiles. Shopping and dining opportunities abound in this small western town. From western fare to western flare, visitors are able to find something to satisfy their hunger and the need for a perfect souvenir.
 
Events 

Check out the Mountain Man Rendezvous events held throughout the state each summer. Annually, from 1825 to 1840, mountain men, American Indians and trading companies would gather together to trade for the beaver fur the mountain men had caught and prepared over the fall and winter. The event wasn’t just all business – there was plenty of socializing, too. Today, at several summer events throughout Wyoming the heritage of the Mountain Man is celebrated, and guests will enjoy trading of present day wares, rodeos, period food and more. Search the Wyoming calendar of events to find Mountain Men and other events.